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Based on the device-independent CIE specification from 1976, Lab color is frequently misrepresented as a techy, labor-intensive color space. In fact, Lab color performs certain types of color modifications more quickly and with better results than RGB. In Photoshop CS3 Mastering Lab Color, Deke McClelland explores how to use Lab color "to make bad photographs great and great photographs even better." He demonstrates image manipulations that are best suited to Lab, and walks through a typical, non-destructive Lab correction. Deke also shows how to correct lighting, apply selective color modifications, and reverse the effects of color cast. Exercise files accompany the course.
I am known for my in-depth video series, but this, this is one of the shortest things I have ever done, I feel a little guilty in fact. but then it occurred to me that shortness of this series is in fact a testament to the efficiency of Lab. This is a color space that realizes you have better things to do with your time. It looks to you and it thinks, there's a busy professional. What can I do to help? Lab acknowledges, Lab appreciates, Lab respects. And you know what else? This is just a jumping off point. You are going to do things with Lab I never envisioned, you and Lab, I don't know something about the two of you.
I see a happy future together. I now pronounce you two things that work well together. You may kiss the color space. Well, that's that. As I have mentioned I have lots more to show you, 30 hours on Channels and Masks alone, only about five minutes of which were spent with Lab, and don't forget if you want to see a series on Smart Objects, let us know. In the meantime, for lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying, See ya!
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